Is Your Child's Teacher Being Dismissive?

Backpacks are packed. Lunches are packed. Bus passes and car drop off schedules double checked. Your child has had their walk-through time in their classroom and meet their teacher. When YOU meet their teacher, she appears a “bit cold.” You give her the benefit of the doubt, that maybe she’s overwhelmed with all her new students and new parents.  The first day of school, you happen to see her as you drop off your child in their classroom. You remind her who your child is. You mention that she is getting tested for special needs. Her body language and response of “oh, ok” feels dismissive.  This is not a great first impression, right? You are already nervous and ball full of feelings that your child is being evaluated for special needs. Y...

The School Year Ended, Now What?

The School Year Ended, Now What? How was your school year? I’m so glad you asked. The end of year activities, the spirit days and the reports card are done. Now it’s time to reflect. Whether you are a teacher, a professional, a parent or all three. These are great questions to ask yourself and your child.  1. How was your school year? What went well? What didn’t go well? What can you do differently next year?  We know that a lot of things are out of your control. But what can you control?  As a teacher,...

SMART Goal Setting

The Difference Between Setting Goals and Objectives "Think of goals as what developmental milestones or academic skills we want the student to acquire in one year. The objectives and benchmarks are showing how we are going to get there and how we will measure if we are making sufficient progress towards that goal." ~ Excerpt from my book, I See You, I ...

15 Questions to Ask at Parent Teacher Conference

Parent-Teacher conferences are such a powerful tool to bridge the relationship between school and families. Parent-Teacher conferences are designed to create an opportunity for the families and the teachers to talk. Most conferences are scheduled for 15 minute time blocks. You may be nervous or unsure what your role is during this even...

Thankful for 3 Types of People

Thankful for 3 Types of People At Who’s Learning Now, weI believe strongly that positive collaborative TEAMS are the true foundation to a child’s education. This week of Thanksgiving there is a lot to be Thankful for.  Today (and everyday) We are grateful for you, these TEAM members!! You, the Student.  Our kids, our students have been through a lot. They have given their best, taken risks, gone outside of their comfort zone to learn new things. They’ve done what’s asked of them and rose to the challe...

5 Tips to Prepare for a School Holiday Break

5 Things to do Before, During and After a School Holiday We made it through the Fall. Transitioning from summer vibes back into the routine of school. Adding routines around bedtimes and wake ups, homework, sports and activities. I’ve heard many families say, “it’s a lot.” Yes, I agree, it’s a lot. Especially when most of our kids have not had ...

Person First Language

Person First Language A person is a person first and then any descriptions come after that. We would NOT say “the orange hat man”. We WOULD say “the man with the orange hat". Knowing this. Then this belief is true as well.  We would NOT say, “the Down Syndrome boy” or “my Autistic daughter”. We WOULD say, “the boy with Down Syndrome” or “my daughter with Autism”. Simply changing HOW we say things, can change HOW we view things. To learn more ways to support your learner, please visit   www.WhosLearningNow.com  and join our  Parent and Educator Support Group  on Facebook! 

Learning Strengths Inventory

Who's Learning Now - Learning Strengths Inventory™  If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.  ~ Ignacio Estrada Do you know HOW your child learns? Do you know their preferred way of taking in new information?  Many parents do not. Many parents have not even thought about it unless you have been frustrated in teaching your child something and “they just don’t get it”. I would guess that your child has a different learning style than you. As a parent, that can be frustrating.  As a teacher, wouldn’t it be wonderful to know within the first few days of school who the kids in your classroom are? How do they learn best and their strengths? Teachers want to meet their students where t...

Special Education is a Service, Not a Place

I have a strong belief that I want to share with you today. In the past, students with special needs were sent to separate schools, buildings and even separate homes. We have come a long way in how we see, treat and educate people with special needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal special education law originally passed by Congress in 1975. It has been amended several times, most recently in September 2011. IDEA basically states that all children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restri...

Trust Your Parent Gut

You are your child’s advocate. You know your child best. It’s been said that parents are not given a “handbook” or directions when their child comes into your life. I disagree. I would argue that you did get a guidebook, you did get directions. I call it “the parent gut.”  Your parent gut tells you something isn’t “right.” Your parent gut tells you someth...

your back to school survival guide (pandemic edition)

Going back to school in 2021 is going to look different, but in some ways, it’s going to look the way it did in 2019. Parents will still rush to fill lunch boxes and backpacks with the essentials. New and old students will experience first day jitters as they wonder how they’ll be able to handle the...